They’re Baaaaack!!! DOE Threatens Gas Logs Again

On December 24, 2013, (yes, on Christmas Eve), the US Department of Energy (DOE) posted a pre-publication notice entitled “Proposed Determination of Hearth Products as a Covered Consumer Product.” The rulemaking seeks to
establish “coverage” over essentially all gas hearth products; there are no energy standards directly proposed or put into place by this proposed determination, but DOE does indicate that adoption would be seen as “positively determin[ing] that future standards may be warranted and
should be explored in subsequent energy conservation standards and test procedure rulemakings.”

On December 31, 2013 (yes, New Year’s Eve), DOE published the actual notice of “Proposed Determination of Hearth Products as a Covered Consumer Product.” This publication started the 30-day comment period. How nice of them to do so over a holiday period, which effectively shortened the comment period by the New Year’s Holiday. Such cooperation by our government!

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Background

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Fallacy of ‘”Decorative” 9000 BTU

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With the stroke of a pen, the US Department of Energy declared that (as of July 1, 2011), a gas log set must not consume more that 9000 BTU/hour to be termed "decorative". If it consumes more gas than that, it must meet efficiency ratings for which no testing methodogy exists. Watch this video where Rett Rasmussen illustrates the fallacy of 9000 BTU/Hour being "decorative."

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